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Windows 7: Best free protection combo 2012?

31 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 8.1
 
 
Best free protection combo 2012?

I'm getting a scrap of norton 360.

What are your recommendations for a good FREE protection combo?

I'm thinking

MSE or Avira

+
Comodo firewall
+
Spyware Blaster

Thanks!


P.s sorry if this has already been asked, i did a search on the forum but couldn't seem to find much.

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31 Mar 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robwan View Post
I'm getting a scrap of norton 360.

What are your recommendations for a good FREE protection combo?

I'm thinking

MSE or Avira

+
Comodo firewall
+
Spyware Blaster

Thanks!


P.s sorry if this has already been asked, i did a search on the forum but couldn't seem to find much.
MSE or AVG free (I wouldnt use Avira)

The built in firewall (not Comodo)

Malware bytes (not spyware blaster)

These are from a BSOD (stability perspective)
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31 Mar 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I use MSE or Avast for AV.

For real-time, I also use MBAM Pro (paid), SpywareBlaster, Winpatrol, and Browser add-ons.

@zigzag3143 - you say "(not spyware blaster)".
Why?
Does it cause problems?
I've used it a long time and never noticed any problems.
If it is a potential problem, I'd like to know...
Thanks, David
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31 Mar 2012   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I use MSE or Avast for AV.

For real-time, I also use MBAM Pro (paid), SpywareBlaster, Winpatrol, and Browser add-ons.

@zigzag3143 - you say "(not spyware blaster)".
Why?
Does it cause problems?
I've used it a long time and never noticed any problems.
If it is a potential problem, I'd like to know...
Thanks, David
I mentioned "from a BSOD (stability) perspective". SB has "issues" on some systems (more on legacy hardware)
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31 Mar 2012   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robwan View Post
I'm getting a scrap of norton 360.

What are your recommendations for a good FREE protection combo?

I'm thinking

MSE or Avira

+
Comodo firewall
+
Spyware Blaster

Thanks!
P.s sorry if this has already been asked, i did a search on the forum but couldn't seem to find much.
To protect yourself from the evils of the internet your basic protection should include

*Anti Virus Program [ MSE is free & is used by many people here]


*Anti Malware Programs
Malwarebytes free

Malwarebytes : Download free malware, virus and spyware tools to get your computer back in shape!

Suggest you include SpywareBlaster also.


SpywareBlaster® | Prevent spyware and malware. Free download.

*Firewall The inbuilt Widows Firewall is adequate.


*Router / firewall


It is important you update programs & scan regularly.


You are advised to exercise caution with what you click on.

Don’t engage in activities such as file sharing, warez cracks, adult content, online gambling or other high-risk behaviors.

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31 Mar 2012   #6

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Yes, i know you referred to a BSOD point of view.
I help some people and recommend/install programs based on my knowledge - very often Backup, Security, and Cleanup programs.
Knowing SB may be an issue helps me and them...
I don't want to shoot myself in the foot
Thanks, David
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31 Mar 2012   #7

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Yes, i know you referred to a BSOD point of view.
I help some people and recommend/install programs based on my knowledge - very often Backup, Security, and Cleanup programs.
Knowing SB may be an issue helps me and them...
I don't want to shoot myself in the foot
Thanks, David
Great idea David.

I have been there and done that.

Solely from my perspective (BSOD's) I would recommend

MSE
Win 7 firewall
MBAM.

Not that I use them (I dont)

I would not recommend;
Norton
Kaspersky
McAfee

Good luck with Them.
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31 Mar 2012   #8

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Thanks for the explanation and clarification.

To further clarify for me - I use Windows Firewall and a hardware router firewall...
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31 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 8.1
 
 

Ok cool, some really helpful stuff here guys, thanks a lot

probs gonna go with MSE+MBAM+Spyware blaster, however only reason i was thinking of comodo firewall is because it's easier to have more control over it i.e blocking individual programs etc. I'm aware Win FW can do this but I've heard it's more complicated?

So in total, including stuff i already have I'll be looking at something like this as a healthy jacket of armor.

Real time protection

MSE
Spyware blaster
Winpatrol
Windows FW/Comodo FW


Regular manual use
MBAM
Ccleaner
Macrium


OS is win 7 pro 64
browser is Firefox
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31 Mar 2012   #10

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

If you are planning on using 2 software firewalls ("Windows FW/Comodo FW" ) at the same time - not good.

Use only one of them.

As you have Windows 7 64 bit you can try WaterFox, it is the 64 bit version of Firefox.
I have been using it and no problems here, but i can't say if it's any more secure than FireFox.
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